A gap was left in Sydney’s mobile vegetarian offering when Veggie Patch Van quietly left for Byron late last year. Replacing it is Vejoes, a simple, unpretentious food truck from Joe Jackson.
“Vegetarianism is growing. There has to be one vegetarian food truck in Sydney at least, and there wasn't one.” Jackson, who ran Veggie Patch Van for several months before its departure, is serving a similar style of cuisine in the new truck.
Veggie Patch Van followers will be pleased Jackson is cooking up a variant on the old truck’s popular haloumi burger. “I mainly did that because it's the easiest thing for meat eaters to eat,” he says. With several haloumi slices each cut thicker than a Bratwurst, gooey sautéed mushrooms, mayonnaise, mixed greens, caramelised onions and Jackson’s chilli jam, it may be sweeter than the average burger, but it’s certainly competitively hearty.
Despite the haloumi crossover, Jackson is keen to differentiate himself from the legacy of his old employers. The other two menu options are his ideas. There’s a crunchy-edged quesadilla filled with black-bean spread, corn and cheddar, served with guacamole, sour cream and an el curtido salad (a Salvadorian salad of pickled purple cabbage, carrot, parsley and pickled red onion with red wine vinaigrette). Or there’s a coconut-cream-based vegan curry with hunks of roasted tandoori sweet potato and pumpkin, yoghurt, chutney and fried onions. “I feel for the vegans. The amount of times I went to a meat place and got a shit meal. I didn't want to do the same to vegans here,” Jackson says. There will be more on the menu in the future. Jackson hints at a toasted-cheese-sandwich-inspired snack.
Jackson has worked in some of Sydney’s prime vegetarian establishments. Before joining the Veggie Patch Van, Jackson worked as the sous chef at Nourishing Quarter, and in the kitchen at Yulli’s in Surry Hills.
Check Vejoes Instagram for details of the truck’s location.
Price: Everything $10